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Finding my voice

US photographer Spencer Bentley describes how yoga has played such a key role in his personal life… and now strongly influences his professional life

As a photographer, the concept of finding your voice is one of the most difficult hurdles you have to overcome. The idea of a ‘voice’ in itself is so broad and enigmatic that it can be difficult to explain. Yet, when you observe the works of history’s great visual artists: Basquiat, Sebastião Salgado, Fan Ho, Gordon Parks, Salvador Dali, etc., you immediately get a sense of who they are and what they want their work to portray.

I’ve worked hard to cultivate my own voice over the years and I’ve seen it become increasingly more pronounced as I develop within my craft. After reflecting upon the most salient factors of my life that influence my work, I can attribute the development to a few key points. The first and most natural, is the increased understanding of self that comes with maturity. As I’ve aged I’ve become more honest with myself about who I am and what I like. The second is my increasing competency regarding the technical aspects of the craft. Photography is a very technologically demanding form of art. It requires not just a natural sense of spatial reasoning and artistic interpretation, but a learned knowledge of the properties of light, colour, and camera specific machinations. The third and most intangible development is my deepening appreciation and understanding of eastern philosophies, specifically Daoism and the contradictory ideas of Buddhism and Hinduism. A great part of that increasing appreciation came from the disciplines I have derived from practicing and photographing yoga.

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Welcome to the November issue of OM Yoga & Lifestyle magazine, the UK’s best-loved yoga read. We’ve got an incredible 164 pages of amazing yoga for you this month, featuring everything from practical tips and instruction on the mat through to anatomy, meditation and spiritual yoga insight. There really is something for everyone. And it’s not just about doing yoga either, it’s about living yoga as well. Inside, you’ll also find healthy eating recipes, new foods and other products, plus yoga fashion and travel and retreat ideas to keep you inspired on and off the mat. Let OM magazine fuel your practice this month, it’s the complete magazine for all things yoga, health and wellness. Namaste.
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